Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Jerry Doby


ESSENCE Festival 2018: #EFSquadGoals and Vendor Applications

Thinking of planning your own “girls trip” to next year’s 2018 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans July 5-8? ESSENCE has you covered—and wants to highlight your squad—with the launch of our brand new #EFSquadGoals Perks Program! Starting today, ESSENCE will keep an eye out for fabulous groups (50 or more) of friends, family members, co-workers or other “squads” who are planning on traveling to next year’s celebration. Fans can unlock amazing benefits—from VIP concert tickets, a group #EFSquadGoals spotlight on ESSENCE.com, a chance to appear on the ESSENCE Festival stage and more!

Click the link below for more on the #EFSquadGoals Perks Program and how your sorority, community group, professional organization or other large travel groups can join in: https://www.essence.com/festival/info/sgperks. Deadline to register your group is March 31, 2018.

Also, for entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level, 2018 vendor applications are now available to set up shop in the Festival’s Shops at ESSENCE Marketplace. Vending is the ultimate way to get your product, service or organization in front of thousands of potential new customers. In addition, the ESSENCE Eats Food Market will provide an opportunity to serve your signature dishes, while our Community ESSENCE Corner will put your non-profit, grassroots organization, college or university, or governmental agency in front of a massive audience. 

Click below for more information on becoming a 2018 ESSENCE Festival vendor or exhibitor—and to hear stories from entrepreneurs who have benefitted from this incredible experience:


Deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.

For more information on the #EFSquadGoals Perks Program or vending/exhibitor opportunities, click the links below:

The 2018 ESSENCE Festival Squad Goals Movement Is Officially Here!


ESSENCE Festival 2018 Vendor Applications Are Now Available!





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